Work has started on site at the new 36,000 sq ft Vanguard House on the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus.
The high-tech office and laboratory scheme is being developed directly by the North West Development Agency, which will have spent £67m on the Cheshire park when the latest building completes. Prior to the recession the building was due to be delivered by St Modwen but the developer pulled out when the market fell.
Steve Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA, said: "This new building is a crucial next stage in the development of Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus. The investment by the NWDA in the campus has proved to be a great success with almost 100 companies now on site and high demand for this next stage of development."
Broomhead was accompanied at a sod-cutting ceremony by representatives of two of the campus' stakeholders: George Baxter, director of science and innovation at the NWDA and Richard Blake, director of the computational science and engineering group at the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Joining them was Dave Northey, contracts manager for the main contractor Vinci Construction UK, along with Clive Marshall, managing director of Link Information Technology and David Lovett, managing director of Perceptive Engineering, both currently located on the campus.
As well as offering high quality office, laboratory, workshop, meeting room and reception facilities, the building will provide access to the wider campus and its R&D, conference, leisure and catering facilities.